Circus - Britney Spears
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 288 Ratings

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  • Summary: Britney tries for another comeback with her sixth album, which features 'Womanizer,' her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single since '...Baby One More Time.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Circus is a top-rate pop album that, with a little bit of justice, will be afforded the same sort of longevity as her brilliant early singles.
  2. Halfway through, Circus shifts from defiant booty calls to subtler material; suddenly, it's a first-rate electro-pop album.
  3. If Circus had ended at eight songs, it would be a curveball pop classic but sadly--as with recent Beyonce, Alesha Dixon and Pussycat Dolls releases--the album bloats to twice that length.
  4. Wildly if transitorily enjoyable at turns, vacuous and ignorable at others, Circus doesn't quite feel like a comeback, but I'm sure Brit's not above merely bringing pre-comeback.
  5. Circus isn't bad as pop albums go, but whether by default or design, it's substantially less edgy and exciting than its predecessor.
  6. "Blackout" seemed like it signaled a more club-orientated path for Spears, like Madonna or Kylie Minogue, but Circus is a hodgepodge of pop themes that never really finds a face.
  7. Circus is a saddening step back to her glossy yet unengaging "In the Zone" era, which is a shame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 102
  2. Negative: 7 out of 102
  1. JamesB.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    I love it. Amazing!
  2. SeanC.
    Jan 2, 2009
    10
    Great album! Unusual You is the stand out track here!
  3. EvanW.
    Dec 2, 2008
    10
    Great Album! Can't wait for tour!
  4. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Circus is great album, not her best but still good enough for 10!
  5. Feb 24, 2012
    9
    I have only two words - oh yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Sep 10, 2011
    8
    A collection of soft, circus-themed songs that after a while may sound dull but will always be anthems ("Womanizer", "If U Seek Amy"). Loving "Mmm Papi" and "Lace and Leather" aswell. Expand
  7. None
    Dec 6, 2008
    0
    Utter Crap.

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